Marc LiVecche

Marc LiVecche is the executive editor of Providence. He is also Leadership Research Fellow at the US Naval Academy and a McDonald Foundation Distinguished Scholar. From the summer of 2018 to fall of 2020, he was the McDonald Research Scholar at the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, & Public Life, in residence at Christ Church, Oxford University.

Marc completed doctoral studies, earning distinction, at the University of Chicago, where he worked under the supervision of the political theorist and public intellectual Jean Bethke Elshtain, until her death in August, 2013. His first book, The Good Kill: Just War & Moral Injury, will be published in early 2021 by Oxford University Press. Another project, Responsibility and Restraint: James Turner Johnson and the Just War Tradition, co-edited with Eric Patterson, was published by Stone Tower Press in the fall of 2020. Currently, he is finalizing Moral Horror: A Just War Defense of Hiroshima. Before all this academic stuff, Marc spent twelve years doing a variety of things in Central Europe—ranging from helping build sport and recreational leagues in post-communist communities, to working at a Christian study and research center, to leading seminars on history and ethics onsite at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp in Poland. This latter experience allowed him to continue his undergraduate study of the Shoah; a process which rendered him entirely ill-suited for pacifism.

Marc lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and children–and a marmota monax whistlepigging under the shed. He can be followed, or stalked, on twitter @mlivecche. Additional publications can be found at his Amazon author page.

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Pope Francis integral disarmament
Integral Disarmament: Or, How to Abandon Tradition, Reason, and Your Flock

Advocates of Integral Disarmament believe the weapons of war are inherently evil. Their consequent prescriptions leave the innocent defenseless

Marksism – No. 58: Drafting Women, Niebuhrian Inflation, Cuba, Afghanistan

This week the editors discuss Rebeccah Heinrichs’ article about drafting women, a 1946 op-ed on inflation, Mark Tooley’s article about Cuba, and Marc LiVecche’s article about Afghanistan.

Marksism — No. 57: North Korea, Killing Hitler, Disdaining America
Marksism – No. 57: North Korea, Killing Hitler, Disdaining America

In this week’s episode, the editors discuss Paulina Song’s article about the US travel ban on North Korea, a 1946 article explaining why the July 20 plotters tried to assassinate Hitler, and Mark Tooley’s book review focused on Henry Adams’ pessimistic view of America.

Marksism – No. 56: Cuba, Afghanistan & Democratic Piety

Mark Tooley and Marc LiVecche discuss Cuba, Afghanistan and providential optimism.

Ethics of exit
Real(ist) Morality: Afghanistan & the Ethics of Exit

We are leaving Afghanistan before solidifying our gains and stabilizing the goods we have achieved. Even still, we can exit with honor.

Marksism – No. 55: Cold War Christians, Patriotism, and International Religious Freedom
Marksism – No. 55: Cold War Christians, Patriotism, and International Religious Freedom

In this episode, the editors discuss a 1946 article arguing that the Soviet Union would no longer be America’s ally, a podcast about C.S. Lewis and patriotism, and next week’s International Religious Freedom Summit.

Donald Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld: R.I.P.

The late Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld spent his life in service to America, her people, and her friends. Two stories prove the man.

Marksism – No. 54: Rumsfeld, Democracy, and US Self-Understanding
Marksism – No. 54: Rumsfeld, Democracy, and US Self-Understanding

In this episode, the editors discuss Alan Dowd’s article about the US defending democracy abroad, an interview with Samuel Goldman about his book “After Nationalism,” and a reflection on Donald Rumsfeld from Marc LiVecche.

Marksism – No. 53: Cyberwar, World Government, Fatherly Love

In this week’s episode, the editors discuss LiVecche’s article about the just war tradition and cybersecurity, an article from 1946 about world government, and a reflection on fathers.

Just War & Cybersecurity: The Old World Can Help Us with the New

The Just War Tradition can help both church and state navigate the moral complexities of cyber operations, guiding us toward proportionate responses